We didn’t forget about you, Simple Minds! The band celebrated the 30th anniversary of both ‘The Breakfast Club’ and their song, ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me),’ hitting number 1 with a fantastic performance at the 2015 BBMAs.
Are you a brain, a princess or a criminal? You could be any or all and still appreciate the 2015 Billboard Awards‘ tribute to The Breakfast Club. The award show celebrated the film’s 30 anniversary by having Simple Minds perform their classic song from the movie’s soundtrack, after an emotional introduction from the film’s star, Molly Ringwald, 47!
Simple Minds Billboard Awards Performance: Tribute To ‘The Breakfast Club’
Molly was on hand to watch Simple Minds perform “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” at the 2015 Billboard Awards on May 17. The Pretty In Pink star delivered a heartfelt speech about the impact of The Breakfast Club on the world, before she asked if she could be in “Taylor Swift‘s club!”
Ha! Even though Molly was joking (sorta!), she ended her introduction on a serious note, with an tearful shout out to The Breakfast Club‘s late director, John Hughes, who passed away in 2009.
Simple Minds then took to the stage, against a backdrop of some of the iconic images from the classic film. Even though thirty years had passed, the band still had it, rocking their classic hit. It was like the entire audience on hand in Las Vegas had been transported back to 1985 and were there, serving a day-long detention at Shermer High School!
The 80s were a running theme through the night. Van Halen helped kick off the show by playing their classic hit, “Panama.” Later in the night, Nick Jonas filled his “Jealous” performance with enough radical lasers, neon and keytars that it was like, totally bitchin’. But, it was Simple Minds who brought the pure 80’s feel to the stage with their hit.
The Scottish band’s appearance at the BBMA’s coincided not just with the The Breakfast Club’s 30th anniversary, but 2015 also marks the 30th anniversary of the song reaching #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart!
‘The Breakfast Club’: A Movie That Helped Define A Generation
John Hughes’s classic coming-of-age film was released in 1985 and is considered one of the greatest high school films of all time. Five students from five different cliques – a princess, an athlete, a brain, a basket case and a criminal – come together in an all-day detention session. Together, these random high school students find out that they have more in common than they think! The movie was a box-office smash and its soundtrack hit number 17 on the US Billboard 200.
The films stars – Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Ally Reynolds, and Molly Ringwald – were referred to as the “Brat Pack” and went on to star in movies that helped defined the 1980s.
What did you think about Simple Minds and their Breakfast Club tribute, HollywoodLifers? Leave your opinions – or favorite quotes from the movie – below!
— Jason Brow